PhD candidate motion corrected PET/MRI in children
Children with cancer repeatedly undergo PET imaging and experience fear and anxiety during these procedures. As immobilization for 20-30 minutes is required for each consecutive procedure, the use of anesthesia for children younger than 7 years of age is often needed. However, evidence on potential deleterious neurodevelopmental effects due to anesthetics is mounting, which is especially concerning in children. Therefore, we propose a novel safe and child friendly alternative to anesthesia for PET scanning without any adverse effects. This proposal is enabled by the availability of a PET/MRI system at our institute. Instead of physically or pharmaceutically immobilizing the patient we will exploit the capability of the MRI to constantly track 3D motion. The obtained MRI-based motion information throughout the exam is then used to correct PET images that would otherwise be blurred by motion, allowing the patient to freely move during the exam. In addition, we will reduce the child’s anxiety and further accelerate MR imaging by developing novel ultralight MR receive coils for children. Role
Your role comprises the design, development and experimental verification of the motion correction for PET/MRI. The project is very diverse; it involves experiments, programming, data processing and hardware development. During the project you will be able to further develop these skills. You will work closely together with a team of engineers, physicists and physicians. This project is funded by the NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) Open Technology Programme.
You will work within the cancer center and imaging division. Within our division, we provide high-quality patient care and research. In our team, we conduct internationally leading scientific research in the field of medical imaging techniques for treatment guidance with the goal of implementing these techniques in patient care. You will work in a team of physicists, physicians and engineers together with academic and industrial partners. Several times a year there are social, educational and scientific events organized especially for you and fellow PhD students. Also, you will be encouraged to attend international conferences with your colleagues.
You have an MSc degree in physics, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science or affiliated field with an affinity for medical imaging. Practical experience with MR and/or PET imaging is a plus. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of this project, you are an excellent collaborator and communicator. The safety and reliability of newly developed techniques is very important to you, as experimental tests will be conducted on volunteers and patients.
Interviews will be scheduled the week of 10-15 January.
We believe in the power of a diverse team in which there is room for different skills, expertise, and social and cultural backgrounds. We invite you to respond to this vacancy.
The maximum salary for this position (36 - 36 hours) is € 3.196,00 gross per month based on full-time employment.
In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).
If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr. ir. Casper Beijst, Medical Physicist, phone number: +31 88 75 67840, e‑mail adress: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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